Craig Valters

How Donors can fund Bottom-up Peacebuilding

In this blog for the ODI’s website, former JSRP staff member Craig Valters asks how donors may better support bottom-up peacebuilding programmes.

If we look at cash flows alone, the UK Aid Strategy suggests that donors have a large role to play in conflict-affected countries.

The British government spent £1 billion in 2015-16 through their Conflict Stability and Security Fund – […]

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    Local Politics, Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice Programming in the JSRP’s Research Sites

Local Politics, Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice Programming in the JSRP’s Research Sites

In this blog, Tom Kirk and Danielle Stein explore the JSRP’s research on conflict resolution initiatives in Nepal, the Philippines and Timor-Leste. They argue that although well intentioned, programme implementers’ failures to understand how conflict resolution and the provision of justice is connected to local politics creates room for unintended consequences that can work against their aims.

In recent years, […]

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    Cosmological and Communal Wellbeing in the JSRP’s Research on Justice Provision

Cosmological and Communal Wellbeing in the JSRP’s Research on Justice Provision

In this blog, Tom Kirk and Holly Porter explore the JSRP’s work on how local understandings of justice are often embedded in notions of cosmological and communal wellbeing. Furthermore, they argue that practitioners that do not ground their interventions in these understandings risk creating a gap between their own normative assertions about what justice ought to achieve, and how […]

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    Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

By Craig Valters The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. My new JSRP paper, ‘Theories of Change in international development: communication, learning or accountability?’ seeks to address a critical gap in understanding […]

Women’s Experiences of Local Justice: Community Mediation in Sri Lanka

By Ramani Jayasundere and Craig Valters ‘Informal’ justice is increasingly on the international development agenda (for example see here and here), based on the recognition that in many parts of the world, ‘formal’ justice systems are far from the first port of call for citizens with a grievance or dispute. It is estimated that as many as 80-90 per cent of […]

Can Theories of Change Reflect the Realities of International Development?

By Craig Valters Can a ‘Theory of Change’ really be an honest, accurate and transparent reflection of how a development intervention may lead to change? Theories of Change are often required by donors in international development. They commonly take the form of a document describing how and why an organisation’s programme will make a difference on the ground. Yet the […]